You know, I'm really not one for resolutions or even goals for that matter.
Resolutions feel fake – for me, the most impactful changes tend to happen naturally throughout the course of the year. Putting a date on a desired change feels beside the point. It doesn't make me work any harder, it doesn't make the change happen any faster. Plus, resolutions are ideas that are made up to coincide with the month of January. (No offence, people who make resolutions.)
And goals? I have them. They look like this: Improve my financial stability, have a hyper-organized home office and a place that I own to put it in. I think of these more as "to do" items mainly because I put a lot of pressure on myself and the idea of creating a goal only adds more pressure. (And again, Good Girl Syndrome.)
I haven't yet embraced the now-trendy idea of giving yourself a word for the year. If you're not familiar with the practice, the idea is to give yourself a word to focus on for the year. Not a goal, not really a resolution, but more like a general, inspirational theme to base your life around. (Think of words like balance, well, refresh, etc.)
This hasn't appealed to me partially because of the reasons listed above; mainly because I couldn't think of a good word.
But I do have a word that's becoming more like my general life practice. It's something I started last year, want to focus on in 2015, and continue with afterward.
The word, the idea, the very being is that of simplification.
Much like my slow embrace of minimalism which started last year with material items, I'm now looking to incorporate the idea of simplifying into all other aspects of my life. Deleting apps I don't use on my phone, organizing my Google Drive, minimizing work projects, multitasking less during the work day/all days. Of course, when it comes to simplifying, the mental/emotional and material worlds overlap. I'm now at a point – so deep in my "quest" (I guess) for simplification where I'm not second guessing or double checking – I'm listening to my gut and trusting my instincts.
It's saying no to projects, donating things I don't use, deleting e-mails, throwing out random socks or recycling tiny pieces of paper that could be reused (why do I keep these things?). It's cleaning the dishes as I use them, keeping my desk sparse as I work, buying a few nice things at the drugstore when I need them rather than a million cheaper things.
In other words, simplifying daily life in all forms.
The idea here isn't to waste but to eliminate excess. I want my life to feel as clean and simple as it possibly can, so I'm ridding it of anything and everything that adds physical or mental clutter.
I've streamlined some of my work projects and will have some exciting things to announce in the coming weeks. I'm also going to stop using my blog Facebook page, and turn most of my attention to Instagram. (I know – keep breathing.) But it's even the little things like this – one more status not to update, please – that make me feel so much better.
So there. I guess my word of 2015 is simplify. I'm still not sure about the whole "word of the year" thing, but so far, I guess it's working pretty well.